Principal Analyst, Datamonitor Healthcare
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Biopharma financing reached $14.6 billion in the third quarter, a 15% increase over Q2, while merger and acquisitions, at $7.7 billion (the lowest quarter of the year so far), showed a sharp decline. Alliance value reached $20.3 billion, far exceeding the $13.8 billion from Q2.
In a $663 million alliance, Takeda and Molecular Templates will co-develop CD38-targeted engineered toxin bodies for multiple sclerosis and other diseases. Medtronic paid $1.3 billion to buy the rest of Israeli device maker Mazor Robotics. Biopharma financing was up from the previous month, thanks to a strong showing of FOPOs.
In a partnership worth up to $5 billion, Affimed and Genentech will discovery innate immune cell immunotherapies for solid and hematological tumors. Emergent BioSolutions did two acquisitions, one in infectious disease (PaxVax) and the other in opioid overdose (Adapt Pharma). Biopharma financing reached nearly $4 billion, while device fundraising was just over $1 billion.
Second quarter device financing totaled $3.4 billion, less than half of the Q1 aggregate. Conversely, the $10.6 billion in device M&As was a 58% upsurge over the previous quarter. Like the device trends, total Q2 diagnostics financings (at $959 million) showed a 36% decline from Q1, while the $4.8 billion in M&A volume exhibited a significant increase over the previous quarter.
Industry and academic representatives shared viewpoints at Biotech Week Boston in September 2018, including what is unique about deal-making in the cell and gene field.
Biopharma financing for the second quarter totaled $12.4 billion, a 25% decrease from Q1 2018. Meanwhile Q2 merger and acquisition deal value reached $101 billion, three-quarters of which came from Takeda's $79 billion takeover of major European player Shire. Alliances – totaling $13.8 billion (a significant decline from the previous quarter's $30.7 billion) – featured large partnerships in the antibody space, the biotechnology industry sector with the highest dollar volume.